Thursday Roundup: IFN, Level 3, XO, HE, Comcast

April 9th, 2015 by · Leave a Comment

Time for a roundup of network news from this week:

Indiana Fiber Network is upgrading its state-wide infrastructure with some help from Ciena. They’re using a range of Ciena’s packet-optical gear, switches, and software to introduce rapid provisioning for waves and Ethernet services to business and public sector customers. IFN is owned by a consortium of independents, and is a member of Indatel.

Level 3 picked up some colo business in the education vertical. Education Networks of America has signed a long term lease under which it will move its infrastructure out of its own facility in Nashville and into Level 3’s data center. ENA managed networks for some 535 school districts and 290 libraries.  Level 3 is busy this year integrating the assets of tw telecom, we should get an interesting update on that effort in about three weeks.

Privately-held XO has tapped BroadSoft to help expand its voice capabilities. They’ve deployed hosted unified communications services built off of BroadSoft’s UC-One, which they will take to the enterprise and SMB market. XO remains quite opaque to the media since Icahn took it private, but I remain amazed the company hasn’t participated in some form in the consolidation seen across the rest of the industry.

Hurricane Electric continued its push for global breadth with the addition of yet another international PoP. They’ve expanded into Equinix’s OS1 facility in Osaka, Japan. The company has been quietly making organic moves on three continents for a number of years now.

And Comcast Business is spending some capex out in Colorado. The cable MSO’s business arm is upgrading its infrastructure across the Denver metro area, spending upwards of $10M on Ethernet and cmmercial WiFi in downtown Denver, Aurora, Englewood, Castle Rock, Wheet Ridge, and other areas. Comcast Business’s 20%+ growth has been shaking up the sector, and the proposed merger with TW Cable’s Business Class division won’t slow that trend down a bit.

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